Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Town Manager Announces Executive Director for Community Safety
Town Manager Roger Stancil has announced the addition of Executive Director for Community Safety to Police Chief Chris Blue’s title and responsibilities.
“We look forward to the opportunity to think about community safety in a different way, bringing a renewed level of energy and focus to the ongoing Community Safety Partnership,” Stancil said.
Chief Blue will retain direct responsibility for Police and Parking and will begin conversations and to work with his fellow department heads to consider how ongoing Code Enforcement, Inspections operations, Fire, Traffic Engineering, and Bike and Pedestrian efforts will be connected to his new role.
“Our ongoing goal is to refine our organizational structure to focus on key community priorities in a collaborative and innovative way,” Stancil said. “The strategic policy leadership of an executive director focusing on community safety will serve the Town well with open channels of communication to other Town departments.”
Chief Blue was hired in 1997 by the Town of Chapel Hill as a police officer. He accepted the position of Police Chief in 2010. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 and a Master’s in Public Administration from N.C. State in 2005.
Chief Blue received the 2017 Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, recognizing him for his public service and commitment to the people of Chapel Hill. The Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.